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Stephen A. Smith Shuts Down Narrative About Michael Jordan’s Era

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Today’s NBA era might be the most talented of all time, but that doesn’t mean old-school basketball was bad or less talented.

The fact that the game is more physical doesn’t mean the players are less skilled.

If anything, one could make a case for it being tougher to dominate back then because of the rules.

Even so, former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick believes Michael Jordan’s era was watered down.

It’s not the first time that Redick has discredited old-school basketball, and while he’s clearly a very knowledgeable basketball mind, it all seems like a part of a bigger agenda.

That’s why ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith didn’t take it anymore.

.@stephenasmith isn't buying the narrative that MJ's era was "watered down" 👀

— First Take (@FirstTake) May 2, 2024

In today’s edition of “First Take,” Smith talked to Udonis Haslem about old-school hoops, refuting Redick’s take on a watered-down NBA.

For years, the media and the fans have portrayed things as if you had to hate one player to like the other as if one couldn’t acknowledge greatness regardless of where it comes from.

There’s no need to talk about hypotheticals or try to uplift a guy by taking the other down, regardless of who you’re in business with.

At the end of the day, great players could dominate in any era, and Jordan’s game hasn’t aged one bit.

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